Be Careful How You Hear
Luke 13:3; Psalms 121:6
And would you open your Bibles please to Mark chapter four. We've been preaching through the gospel of Mark. Mark chapter four. You have it. Look up here. I want to ask you a question. A Why is it that when the preacher preaches some people are saved and some people are not? Why is it that some believe the Bible and some don't? Why is it that some go on for God and bear fruit and others don't?
What is the difference, what makes the difference? Pay attention and you'll learn. Mark chapter four, verse 1, ''And he began to teach by the seaside,'' now this is not the Sermon on the Mount, this is the sermon by the sea. ''And he began again to teach by the seaside: and there was tathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Behold, there went out a sower to sow:''
That means a farmer went out to plant his seed. ''And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some had a hundred.''
Now here's the key, verse nine. ''And he said unto them, he that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was alone, they were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: that seeing ...
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